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Didi steps up stakes against Uber with Australia push
    2018-06-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

RIDE-SHARING giant Didi Chuxing has intensified its drive for global business, launching in Melbourne yesterday as its first Western market in its international expansion.

Didi claims to be the world’s leading mobile transportation platform with more than 450 million users, and its latest expansion is part of attempts to rival Uber.

It is the third international ride-sharing company to launch in Australia, with European player Taxify and Indian startup Ola already expanding there.

Didi has a stake in all of these players, in addition to Uber, Grab, Lyft and Brazil’s 99, which it acquired in January. It has also bought Uber’s China operations.

The Beijing-based firm launched in Mexico this year and entered the Brazilian market when it bought 99 Taxis. It is also in partnership with other players covering more than 1,000 cities around the world.

“Didi’s entry into Australia marks a new milestone in its outreach to global communities,” the company said in a statement.

Didi — which last year became Asia’s most valuable startup company — has been in a fierce battle with Uber in the growing ride-hailing market.

The U.S. firm sold its operations in China in 2016 in return for a stake in Didi’s business, which says it has more than 21 million drivers on its platform globally.

Uber has also retreated from Southeast Asia, selling its business in the region in March to rival Singapore-based Grab.

Didi raised US$4 billion in December to develop artificial intelligence (AI), general technology and to fund international expansion and it has taken a variety of routes to doing the latter.

“In 2018, Didi will continue to cultivate markets in Latin America, Australia and Japan. We are confident a combination of world-class transportation AI technology and deep local expertise will bring a better experience,” the company said.(SD-Agencies)

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